Bright Paradise: Victorian Scientific Travellers

Bright Paradise Victorian Scientific Travellers This is an account of the great burst of scientific exploration in the th century the search for the North West passage the penetration of the Australian outback and the hunt for the sources of the

  • Title: Bright Paradise: Victorian Scientific Travellers
  • Author: Peter Raby
  • ISBN: 9780701146139
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is an account of the great burst of scientific exploration in the 19th century the search for the North West passage the penetration of the Australian outback and the hunt for the sources of the Nile, Niger, and Brahmaputra There are the individual stories of personalities such as Charles Darwin, ALfred Wallace, Henry Bates and Richard Spruce, but the focalThis is an account of the great burst of scientific exploration in the 19th century the search for the North West passage the penetration of the Australian outback and the hunt for the sources of the Nile, Niger, and Brahmaputra There are the individual stories of personalities such as Charles Darwin, ALfred Wallace, Henry Bates and Richard Spruce, but the focal point of the book is how these journeys were linked to wider issues the growth of knowledge the spread of Empire the image of the wild and the great Victorian questions of the creation, origins and ascent of man.

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    1. Many of my favorite Victorian explorer-scientists were featured in this excellent book, with a few thrown in that I wasn't familiar with for good measure. The main draw for me was Alfred Russel Wallace (who rates an entire chapter), but then there's also Mary Kingsley, Richard Burton, Joseph Hooker, Henry Walter Bates, and a host of others.Raby does a fine job of describing the boundless energy and insatiable curiosity of these peripatetic Victorians. I confess to being almost hopelessly nostalg [...]

    2. An interesting look at the adventures of the men and women who traveled in the name of science in the Victorian era. Reading these stories it is astounding to me what they dealt with and persisted through. Violence, disease, loneliness. They were often the only English-speaking people around and many didn't speak native languages. Some fit the stereotypes we have today, shooting animals in the name of science and admiration, treating natives almost as animals. Others were less stereotypical--kin [...]

    3. I have always been fascinated by Victorian English explorers. You know that saying: "only mad dogs and Englishmen"well, it seems to certainly apply to these intrepid souls who risked life and limb in the pursuit of geographical, natural and horticultural knowledge. My favorite segment was about Mary Kingsley, who went to Africa and cllimbed mountains, forded swamps, and fought off alligators, all while still in full women's Victorian attire. Reading about these men and women make you wonder if t [...]

    4. Victorian naturalists and explorers are fascinations of mine. This book was full of captivating stories about unusual people at a pivotal time. I do recall that it seemed a bit uneven, but the reader can easily pick and choose chapters.

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